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The Monday Roundup: NYC’s emergency, on-bike cameras, and more

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Community Cycling Center, the Portland-based nonprofit that’s celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Here are the most noteworthy items we came across in the past seven days…

“20-minute neighborhoods” and air quality: What if the health benefits of Portland’s much-ballyhooed walkable urbanism were cancelled out by the daily scourge of toxic traffic?

A tragic emergency: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said a recent spate of cycling deaths constitutes an “emergency” and he promised more enforcement to make streets safer.

Snob nails it: If you want to understand what’s really going on in NYC, refer to the work of Eben “Bike Snob NYC” Weiss. He insists the only way to make roads safer is to get cars off of them.

Speed cameras in NYC: The Big Apple is going big on speed cameras with an effort to install 2,000 of them throughout the city.

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Cameras on your bike: A cycling journalist lays out the case for why you should attach an on-board video camera to your bicycle.

Oregon’s drunk driving problem: The State of Oregon doesn’t track recidivism rates for DUI offenders.

Gas on helmet debate fire: A brain surgeon says not only are helmets useless, they might even make cycling less safe. — *This article is several years old. I didn’t catch the publication date and I regret any confusion.

E-bike grants: UK-based advocacy group Bicycle Association says grants that promote the purchase of e-bikes are a much cheaper and efficient way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than incentives to purchase electric cars.

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— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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